The Early Case For Jadeveon Clowney As The 2013 Heisman Trophy Frontrunner


January 1,2013; Tampa, FL, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) reacts after they beat the Michigan Wolverines in the 2013 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. South Carolina won 33-28. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Teddy Bridgewater already has a 2013 Heisman campaign involving a cutout teddy bear. Johnny Manziel will be just a sophomore next season. A.J. McCarron and Aaron Murray still haven’t announced whether they’ll bolt for the NFL or stick around for their senior seasons. Jadeveon Clowney hasn’t hear any of that, though… He’s too busy helping Vincent Smith reattach his skull.

The player dubbed by many this week as “THE BEST IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL” finished the 2013 as strong as anyone could have imagined; In the Gamecocks final two games against Clemson and Michigan, Clowney had 11 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, a forced fumble and recovered fumble.

Did I mention he did this?

Sure it’s hard… er… up to this point impossible for a defensive player who only plays defense to win the Heisman, but, like I said, many are touting him as the best player in college football. The best player in college football should win the Heisman Trophy.

Also, he did this in high school.

I’m not saying he has to break off any 97 yard touchdown runs for the Gamecocks if he wants to win the Heisman… I’m just saying the dude can play running back.

And if there’s any other reason you need for why Clowney should be the Heisman Trophy front runner this year, here it is: Steve Spurrier is his head coach. He likes winning things. He likes when his players win things. His first place Heisman vote went to Clowney in 2012. If the Head Ball Coach thinks one of his players has a shot at that trophy, he’s going to do what he can to make it happen.